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Gov. Hassan signs Joshua's Law on domestic violence

CONCORD — Becky Ranes, the mother of slain 9-year-old Joshua Sayvon, helped convince lawmakers that New Hampshire needs a separate crime of domestic violence.

Thursday, Ranes joined Gov. Maggie Hassan in her office when she signed Senate Bill 318, or Joshua’s Law.

Joshua Sayvon was killed by his father, Muni Savyon, at a Manchester visitation center at the city’s YWCA last August. Savyon was under a protective order for threatening his family.

Hassan said Ranes has shown remarkable courage in sharing her story and advocating for the law.

Joshua’s Law will not change current law or enhance penalties but gathers existing laws under one section of the criminal code.

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